Time is running out to apply for a grant from West Sussex County Council’s Social Enterprise Fund.
The Fund offers grants of up to £25,000 to social enterprises whose projects and initiatives will benefit the local economy, community and environment.
Social enterprises are companies with social values at the heart of their business. Profits are re-invested into the business or into the local community. Previous recipients have used the grants to develop community training programmes, and set up projects that offer therapeutic benefits to older people, including those with dementia.
This year the grants are being offered in two streams:
- Stream 1 is for individuals or organisations to explore whether their social enterprise idea is a viable business proposition.
- Stream 2 offers existing social enterprises help to deliver a new product or service.
The deadline for applications to Stream 1 (Early Stage Development Grant) is 5.00 pm on Tuesday August 12th. Applications to Stream 2 (main grant scheme) must be received by 5.00 pm on Thursday August 14th.
West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance, Michael Brown, said: “We have had a good response so far, but we still want to hear from businesses who need some help getting a new product, service or initiative off the ground.
“The Fund is also a great chance for those with a social enterprise idea to apply for funding to help explore whether it is a viable business proposition.
“Time is running out so I urge anyone with a proposal that fits the criteria to apply to the Social Enterprise Fund. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to develop an initiative that could make a real difference to the local economy and community.”
More information is available about the Social Enterprise Fund 2014-2015, including the application form and full details of each grant stream.